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Life at a university college contributes to academic success and broader engagement with university life. It is also fun. Choose your college wisely. Paul’s seeks to cater especially for young men who are (or aim to be) high achievers, who understand teamwork of all sorts and who know how to manage their time. It is increasingly important to apply early.

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Life in College

Meals in Hall bring the community together, especially formal dinner every weekday evening. The Salisbury Bar is a gathering place for groups large and small. Sporting teams, tutorials, celebrations and so, facilitated by facebook, get students together online. All this takes place within the larger context of the Pauline community, including former students of all ages.


The College has a substantial site at the centre of the University grounds and near King Street, Newtown. It has its own Oval and courts for tennis and basketball. The Chapel is a particularly fine example of modern church architecture. Its current building program will give it new music rooms and other performance spaces, a better gymnasium and, as the jewel in the crown, a large and up-to-date library-study centre.

Academic work

The College teaches on the principle of “Education of the Young by the Young”. We educate for intellectual leadership, as do the most advanced enterprises in the world of work. The tutorial system (40 or 50 classes a week) is driven mainly by the students, with Area Tutors accountable to the Senior Tutor and Assistant Senior Tutor. There is also collaboration with The Women’s College and our other neighbours.

Rawson Cup

Games draw the College together. The Rawson Cup, founded 1906, is the premier award for intercollegiate men’s sport, with competitions in rowing, rugby, cricket, tennis, athletics, swimming, soccer and basketball, running through the year. Over the past fifteen years Paul’s has done best at rowing and tennis, and more recently basketball, but first or second place has happened lately in every sport.

Other sports

The College plays rugby against King’s College, University of Queensland (for the Callaway and Daubney Cup), and against Trinity College, Melbourne University, plus rugby league against John XXIII College, at ANU, and AFL against our neighbours at St Andrew’s. Individual students play in outside competitions. Touch football takes place each evening on the Oval and croquet sometimes in the Quad.


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Music at Paul’s is multifaceted.  The Chapel Choir, including students from The Women’s College, sings weekly under the Director of Music, David Drury, with special performances at other times. Otherwise, students take all initiatives, and each year brings new talent. There are dinner performances, an intercoll orchestra and competitions  for the intercoll eisteddfod, the Palladian Cup.

Positive education

Positive Psychology, a new sub-discipline of Psychology, is making a profound difference to education and training at all levels, from schools to large firms and national armies. As an educational institution in its own right, the College has its own integrated program, including a Certificate in Positive Education, run in collaboration with Sydney’s Positivity Institute, and courses in mindfulness and physical fitness.

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Living together in a college, or group of colleges, should make it easy to practice language skills. At Paul’s, besides the normal tutorial classes in several languages, conversation groups are hosted each week in the Salisbury Bar. We strongly encourage applications from students who want to develop their language competence while they are at university.

Drama and oration

The St Paul’s College Mummers (with actors also from The Women’s College) is the oldest drama club in the University. Paul’s also has a unique record in intercoll debating, while the Asimus Medal for Oratory is a top College award. The intercoll Palladian Cup draws such talents to the fore, and ongoing student effort makes them central to our own internal life.

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment” lao tzu